BFB Registration Is Here

First, sincere apologies for not having this up when registration began earlier today. As blog head/founder/horrible dictator, I take full blame for that mistake and I’m sorry to anyone who was baffled, confused, or otherwise put off by this sudden introduction. Sloppy on our part. My excuse is that I was too busy brutally repressing rebellions by the insidious, Luke-led factions of the blog administration.

Second: registration is here. You can register by clicking here. Your gravatar should still be the same (assuming you use the same email address and all that, of course). Our reasons for going to a registration-based site are the following (in no particular order of importance):

  1. This is what a recent poll of all the readers returned as the most popular option. 89 votes for, 41 against and 51 going with “Where’s my Levante Preview?”…and 30 going with “I don’t care”. Various comments across a few threads have also led us to think registration is the preferred method by the majority. I do not wish to make it sound like everyone is 100% behind this; there are several people who think negatively about it.
  2. It will help immensely in the fight against the spambots. Our recent financial troubles have been mainly due to the spammers, so this should hopefully keep those numbers lower.
  3. Flame wars are less likely. It’s no fun policing these things, so registration allows us to keep the random shit talkers out. We hope that any (and many) internet-dwellers that disagree with the posts or any comments will register so that they can talk to us in a well-meaning and intelligent fashion.
  4. It’s useful for us to track various things, like members/fan-base and to consider changes based on that. Polls might be more useful, for instance, in judging dedicated readership thinking.
  5. Probably like 8 other reasons I have forgotten because my brain is made of marshmallow.

There should be another post this week (next week at the latest) about our donation drive and future projects. I’ve got some ideas, as do several others. BFB will continue to grow, bring you the best English-language BarΓ§a commentary, and also continue to make you laugh via Banquillos, SoMa, and my attempts at serious analysis.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.

161 Comments

  1. mei
    January 3, 2011

    I got one problem with this post and its not even one of the 5 points mentioned, its in the introduction : dictators dont say sorry! πŸ˜›
    other than that cheers for registration!

    • January 3, 2011

      I’m really just a bad dictator. For instance, Luke, Secretary of Disagreeing with Isaiah, still has a job and there’s a position in the administration called Secretary of Disagreeing with Isaiah.

  2. soccermomof4
    January 3, 2011

    Easiest registration ever.

    Hey y’all!

  3. poipoi
    January 3, 2011

    yay! no cap(uto)tcha!

    I even re-cropped my old avatar for the occasion πŸ˜€

  4. blitzen
    January 3, 2011

    Well thank goodness for a new thread! I was getting really tired of all the repetitive “We need a true #9!”, “No, we don’t!”, “There is too a Santa Claus!” back and forth, so my new topic suggestion is:

    What lineup will Pep start against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday?

    Puyol will still be out. If Mascherano is on antibiotics today I doubt he will play either, and Maxwell has a minor thigh twinge that makes him iffy. My thoughts:

    Pinto
    Alves – Pique – Abidal – Adriano
    Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta
    Pedro – Messi – Villa

    Strictly A-list as this is a must-win. Subs: Bartra (Adriano), Keita (Xavi), Vazquez (Villa). No Fly, I wait to debut him in a home game, plus he has had hardly any time to train with the team. Of course, this being Pep, he will probably go with his B-lineup:

    Pique
    Iniesta – Keita – Bojan – Messi
    Villa – Alves – Pedro
    Abidal – Pinto – Valdes

    Xavi benched. How’s that for some height up front? You laugh, but you know it could happen! πŸ˜›

    • soccermomof4
      January 3, 2011

      I want to see our best XI. Roll out with our best, then substitute. This is Bilbao’s only shot at silver this year so they won’t be messin’ around.
      My opinion is that we play best with the starting 11 we rolled out for the clasico, we don’t suffer a drop in form with 10 out of that 11, and if we go down to 9 out of that 11 one of those 9 better be Messi for us to play at this level.

    • Tom_Johnson
      January 3, 2011

      “β€œThere is too a Santa Claus!” back and forth”

      So what are you saying? Are there, in fact, no Santa Claus? Cause that would totally ruin my day πŸ™‚

  5. Nav
    January 3, 2011

    Oh hey look at that, posting as a member, awesome B-)

      • poipoi
        January 3, 2011

        deco on the team of the decade? omg he does not have a clue.

    • Ezequiel
      January 4, 2011

      I would choose Marquez over Pique and (probably) Alves over Belletti. Other than that, I definitely agree

  6. January 3, 2011

    So what do ppl think about the Spanish Cup this year? Should we go for it or rest players and concentrate on the league/CL? It seems like Madrid are going to take us to the wire and the CL is never easy. I am tempted to say we should dump the copa nice and early or at least restrict it to youngsters. We have a thin enough squad as it is, imagine a crucial player picks up a serious injury in a cup game. Food for thought..

    P.S Yay for registration!

    • Extreme barca fan
      January 3, 2011

      Completely agree, i hate the cup competition
      by the way hilal are you from Saudi Arabia?

      • January 3, 2011

        I’m from Lebanon, although I live in London and have done so for most of my life.

    • soccermomof4
      January 3, 2011

      Go for ALL silver available…unless it becomes a problem.

    • Ezequiel
      January 4, 2011

      Midweek Copa games provide the necessary rhythm. Injuries are more likely to happen if the team doesn’t have a game every 3 days.

  7. BA
    January 3, 2011

    testing, testing. guess i’ll have to get one of those Avatar things, before James Cameron patents the name and makes us all start paying for them.

  8. January 3, 2011

    Yey registered and got my “name” which is my name, which i can literally NEVER get on any forum.. thanks BFB.

  9. Extreme barca fan
    January 3, 2011

    Yeah its working, thanks BFB

  10. Cule
    January 3, 2011

    Hey guys, been reading this blog for months now and thought it’s an appropriate time to start posting. Don’t suppose anyone can tell me how to set up an avatar?

    • January 3, 2011

      Welcome! Isiah linked to the site above regarding avatars: *http://en.gravatar.com/. Use the same email that you use to set up your registration for this site and the avatar should follow to the posts on this site.

      • Cule
        January 3, 2011

        Thanks! Don’t know how I missed it.

  11. poipoi
    January 3, 2011

    off registration topic: press reports on milito asking pep to move out from FCB this winter!!

    • Mido
      January 3, 2011

      No Surprises!but its still too early to talk about a move in the summer and the team will actually need him sooner or later

  12. jordiβ„’
    January 3, 2011

    Feels cool being logged in πŸ™‚

  13. Eklavya
    January 3, 2011

    Uuuh OKAY, I just went to YouTube and Puyol’s GF came on the front page as an ad.

  14. January 3, 2011

    As poipoi notes above, Milito is wanting to leave, in search of more playing time for Copa America consideration. Sport is reporting it, so who knows if it’s true. If so …. we could certainly get some bucks for him right now. Bet Arsenal would LOVE to have an experienced central defender.

    Then rotate kids in and out, or do a Thiago with Fontas, where he hangs and practices with the first team.

    • mega_tajh
      January 3, 2011

      Isn’t Fontas a vital part of the Barca B team?? That’s the only reason I conclude on as to why Fontas wasn’t called up to play against Levante and as to why he isn’t training as regularly as Thiago is with the 1st team.

      I believe Pep will have a talk with Milito and he will eventually stay after all but surly being picked below by Busquets for the CB positions is weighing on him

  15. blitzen
    January 3, 2011

    CRonaldo just scored from a penalty, so he takes the (temporary) lead as pichichi. How many goals from penalties does that make it for him? He wasn’t even the one fouled.

    • Kari
      January 3, 2011

      Why are you watching?

      Oh wait, I’m the jinx. Nevermind then. Carry on your challenge of seeing how long you can watch an EE game before gouging your eyes out with a pen.

      • blitzen
        January 3, 2011

        I’m not watching, I just checked the live commentary on goal.com. It’s 0-2 now, and I’m off home.

        • Kari
          January 3, 2011

          Ouch. Reading the play-by-play on BS.com is almost as bad as watching it live πŸ˜€

    • lovelymofo
      January 3, 2011

      Where has this gif been all my life? It is fantastic!

  16. soccermomof4
    January 3, 2011

    Ok—I am awaiting moderation for a comment-VERY BENIGN- to Blitzen about Santa Claus—thought this wasn’t supposed to happen!

  17. Cule
    January 3, 2011

    Getafe have pulled one back and have been the better team for the last 15 mins.

    • January 3, 2011

      Doesnt matter, Madrid will win. The fact that Getafe have been the better team the last 15mins makes even more certain that Madrid will win. Dont watch them. It will just lead to frustration and false hope. Hope that the opposition will take advantage of the chances they get (and they will get them) and then frustration at how wasteful they are. Madrid will get another soft pen against the run of play so that Cronaldo can add to his penalty goal tally.

      • Cule
        January 3, 2011

        Oh believe me, I know I shouldn’t be watching their matches. Problem is..what to do when the gf is staying for the night and is a rabid RM fan.

        • January 3, 2011

          Wow, thats a whole other story. GF is a rabid RM fan… that must lead to some interesting situations πŸ˜‰

          • January 3, 2011

            Oh wow. I just switched on Sky to see the so called penalty and immediately regretted it. What a shocking decision. How the Madrid press have the audacity to say we get favours from the refs is really beyond me. Serves me right for taking a peak i guess. I blame you Cule, you made me curious!

            Parejo’s goal was pure class though.

  18. cliveee
    January 3, 2011

    mic check one two!
    OOOoooohhhhh!!

  19. cliveee
    January 3, 2011

    Ooooh! sweet! this will help us immensely when there is no liveblog!

  20. Kari
    January 3, 2011

    Those leopard print shoes are Villa’s by the way.

    —That EE were playing completely slipped my mind. They’re at Real Madrid B, Getafe Burger King FC , so that’s a given 3 points.

    Pathetico and Burger King FC give them 12 points a season. 13-15 if you count the points we drop at the Calderon.

    But you can also say Sevilla (at home) recently haven’t really challenged us (although I call BS on people who say Palop doesn’t try. He always has a great game against us), but it’s a different story away from home.

    • Extreme barca fan
      January 3, 2011

      You forgot espanyol, they take points from us and lose easily to EE

      • Kari
        January 3, 2011

        Yeah, I did, but those two are the worst offenders.

        –The above is more or less my bitterness talking. Getafe almost beat EE a season or two ago, when Pepe went loco (I think EE won the game anyway though) and there is probably a host of team EE fans think are rolling over for us.

        I’d disagree though. And whip out a quote from Pathetico’s own president as evidence. πŸ˜€

    • soccermomof4
      January 3, 2011

      Didn’t dopr any this year away to pathetico and Getafe.

      • soccermomof4
        January 3, 2011

        Dear me, meant to say “drop”!

  21. Humphrey Bogart
    January 3, 2011

    Took the oppurtunity to get an avatar. Now I have to see if it worked out.

  22. jordiβ„’
    January 3, 2011

    Getafe play some nice stuff,really easy on the eyes.EE would do well to hire Michel in a couple years

  23. jordiβ„’
    January 3, 2011

    I knew Codina would mess up playing it out the back! FFS if you’re surrounded by white dont do that…

  24. Hola Everyone…

    Just registered. Easy and painless. Villa’s shoes… hilarious! If I were him, I would not want that information leaking, either.

  25. Nav
    January 3, 2011

    OOh, come on Getafe, pull one more out of the bag

  26. BA
    January 3, 2011

    just a stab in the dark here… but let me guess…

    Madrid’s “penalty” wasn’t really a PK was it?

    • Cule
      January 3, 2011

      Not at all.

      And RM wasted about 4 minutes of play in the last 8 minutes. Di Maria just randomly fell to the ground and wasted a 1 minute, iker took a day to take a free kick etc..

  27. Pyro
    January 3, 2011

    No it wasn’t Di Maria is a little bitch. He finds any chance that he can take to dive. I saw him do it at least 5 times that match. Getafe played up with them all game long. If it wasn’t for Codina’s mistake and Di Maria’s dive then Getafe would have won but hey, to beat the good teams you have to be flawless and take your chances. It is just me or Phil Schoen just irks everybody? He was talking crap about Pep while commentating the game today.

    • soccermomof4
      January 3, 2011

      Phil Schoen drives everyone crazy, but you have to put up with him to get all the priceless Ray Ray comments (e.g. “he needed help like a fish needs a bicycle”)!

  28. ML6
    January 3, 2011

    Arbeloa red card, completely deserved.

  29. January 3, 2011

    Our beloved Alias14 has a Thiago vid up on YouTube. I’m pecking away on the phone, but someone should find and post.

    EE gets a pillow-soft penalty, from what I understand. What else is new?

    • ML6
      January 3, 2011

      Kaka is back πŸ™‚

      Him and Casillas are the only ones i like from EE.

  30. January 3, 2011

    The January transfer window has opened, and the BFB Team had made a roster move, adding intrepid LiveBlogger vicsoc to the side.

    vicsoc joins us from FC Active, where he was having an excellent season in commenta posted and LiveBlogs hosted.

    The transfer fee is undisclosed.

      • BA
        January 3, 2011

        need a video of him juggling… words? in front of the BFB banner.

      • Ezequiel
        January 4, 2011

        I heard he is going to kiss the BFB crest during the presentation

    • blitzen
      January 3, 2011

      Yay! Visca vicsoc and his awesome Liveblogs!

      But if he doesn’t work out, who will we loan him to? πŸ˜›

  31. Humphrey Bogart
    January 3, 2011

    From Barcastuff:

    Mou: “I didn’t see pens tonight & can’t say until I see on TV… But saw (Barca) last night’s and (Barca) vs Osas and (Ronaldo) in Camp Nou”

    Funny how on these occassions he just “misses” Carvalhos handball which would be a red, our wrongly disallowed goal against Villareal or yesterday against Levante,

    But it is okay everything goes Barcas-Way

  32. BTTFCule
    January 3, 2011

    I like watching EE play and suffer against half decent teams. It’s fun if you are not expecting the other team to win the match.

  33. Nik
    January 3, 2011

    I’m not sure if Tom_Johnson will see my reply to his comment on the previous thread, so I’m reposting here:

    Obviously I understand that Thiago and Bojan play in different positions. If Bojan came off for Thiago, I would have expected Iniesta to slot up into the front line, which is exactly what happened when Bojan went off later on.

    Yes, it would have helped us to have a creative midfielder on the field. That’s why I said Thiago was needed. However, in taking off Masch, he weakened our defense. My point is that we could have strengthened our offense while not harming the defense by yanking Bojan off. Let’s face it: the kid did nothing yesterday and should have came off earlier than he did.

    • I think Bojan stayed on longer because he had just was coming off a pretty darn good game(Catalunya NT) and kids his age need confidence, and yanking him off early would not help. Whether that was good/bad is up for debate.

      Also think sMasch had a fever/was sick (I think I read that on BarcaStuff). I also think it is the first time I have seen Xavi playing as an out-and-out DM in a while.

      • Nik
        January 3, 2011

        Yeah, I read something about the fever too. If that is true, then it obviously makes sense for Masch to come off.

        As far as Bojan staying on to build confidence, I guess I understand that. However, he had the entire first half to play and really didn’t produce anything that positive in the game until the assist in the second goal.

        But, considering the game’s over and three points are in the bag, it’s all water under the bridge now.

    • Tom_Johnson
      January 3, 2011

      First of all, I apologize if it sounded like I am questioning your basic ability to understand that Bojan and Thiago play at different positions. That was not my intention.

      Let me try to rephrase it. Potential reasoning behind taking Mascherano off is:

      a. Pep decided that Levante is not going to be dangerous enough going forward (the amount by which our defense is going to be weakened is something we can get away with)

      b. Pep decided that what this new formation (with Bojan and Thiago both on the pitch) will add offensively outweighs (is worth more) than keeping stronger defensive presence at DM

      Note: Pep would have to make such a decision after assessing on-field events standing right next of the field of play (instead in front of screen) and after studying hours of tape (the 8-0 drubbing included)

      I have also tried to make the case that Iniesta on LW is not something we should be too excited about. This based on his previous performances at that position.

      That is why I welcomed Pep giving a different look to Levante than what they saw on Bilbao tape. And going for the second goal instead of “playing it safe” by keeping a DM with limited passing abilities on.

      • Nik
        January 3, 2011

        No offense taken. I actually agree that Iniesta playing at LW is nothing to celebrate. He is at his best in the MF.

        I see your point about Pep’s reasoning. However, I still don’t find myself agreeing with his reasoning. Don’t see why he’d choose to gamble defensive security when we’re already a goal up and comfortably maintaining possession. No matter what, we always need a Busi or Masch to break up attacks and funnel the ball back up to the attackers.

        Also, by that point, I didn’t expect Bojan to suddenly raise his offensive output. I think that an honest assessment from those both on the pitch and infront of the screen would probably not rate Bojan’s overall performance very highly. So, taking Bojan off wouldn’t have made much difference to the overall attack IMO (based on what I had seen up till that point).

        That being said, I’m not the manager, so what do I know?

  34. Goo
    January 3, 2011

    Registered!

    Is puyi playing against Bilbao?

    • blitzen
      January 3, 2011

      We don’t know yet. He is feeling good but the doctors haven’t passed him fit yet. Pep might not want to risk him anyway.

    • Jnice
      January 3, 2011

      I doubt he will. We’ll probably see Abidal and Pique in the middle.

  35. Jnice
    January 3, 2011

    Why is Mourinho so obsessed with us? Talking about he saw penalties in the Osasuna game, Levante game, and against Ronaldo in El Clasico. Meanwhile he says he didn’t see the Di Maria incident.

    If this was Pep talking about Mourinho and Madrid’s penalties, he would be slaughtered. Mourinho does it and the press laugh and call him Special. I don’t get it.

    • Nik
      January 3, 2011

      He’s just keeping attention on himself as usual instead of the team. The team is probably going to struggle a bit to find its footing with the loss of Higuain, so I expect Mou to turn up his antics as a result. In all honesty, it’s an effective tactic of shielding his team from the media heat.

      • Jnice
        January 3, 2011

        I think that whole shielding thing is another overrated aspect of Mourinho. Every time he talks about something other than the game it’s dismissed as “he’s just protecting his team.” Every time? He talks about us and refs after Madrid wins 5-0. I’m sorry, but I can’t buy that excuse every single time.

        There’s no doubt in my mind at least, that he is obsessed and is probably a bit peeved Pep isn’t like other managers in England or Italy in that he doesn’t ever respond to Mourinho.

        • Nik
          January 3, 2011

          I’m not defending his antics. But in my opinion, when he goes on these rants, it does shift the media attention onto him. Like Tom says, most in the media are looking for outrageous stuff to focus on so they can sell their papers. Is it an excuse for his behavior? No, of course not. Is Mou hungry for Pep’s attention, looking to get a rise out of him? Maybe so. I don’t really care much, as I’ve never taken him and his antics seriously. It’s like when your little sibling tosses a tantrum. You just roll your eyes and look away (or you can laugh at the ridiculousness of it. That’s what Mou’s antics usually make me do).

    • Tom_Johnson
      January 3, 2011

      “Mourinho does it and the press laugh and call him Special. I don’t get it.”

      -most in the press are not very smart
      -they are also being paid to write certain stuff
      -there are a lot of people jealous to Barca’s success
      -media needs to sell the content, the more outrageous the better
      -a diversion by the clown (mourinho)

      People in and around FCB need to get a foot in the media an craft a strategy to deal with mourinho. The strategy that will abide staff and players too. Ignore him directly (players) but indirectly (media) point at events that will make him look ordinary (which he is).

      Instead of responding to his statements, start talking about how Benzema can’t score, Ramos’ poor defending and bad temper, how Ozil and Kedira looked lost in El Clasico (it is coach’s duty to get the mentally prepared) etc. Point out how much money he spent so far (chelsea, inter, madrid), how little young players he introduced and how ugly the football is his teams are playing.

      Focus on players/game itself and keep hammering it while simultaneously ignoring him completely.

      This needs to be done with as little bias as possible.

      • Nik
        January 3, 2011

        Nah, why should we sink to Mou’s level? Mou is only powerful if you let him be by getting to you. Let Barca remain Barca and talk only about our players, our games, our club. The rest of the world can take care of itself.

        • Tom_Johnson
          January 4, 2011

          Like I said, players and staff should be quiet.

          Media outlets should “do the talking” to try to explain to as many birdbrains as possible how big of a clown this guy is.

          • Nik
            January 4, 2011

            I guess. I just don’t see the need to directly or indirectly go after Mou. His comments have no bearing on our level of play, so why should we waste our time directly or indirectly dealing with him?

      • January 4, 2011

        If I had a sports paper you ‘ll be my editor πŸ™‚
        Couldn’t agree more with your comments Tom…

  36. blitzen
    January 3, 2011

    Yay! Canada up 2-0 over USA!

    Ooops. I got some hockey in your football. πŸ˜›

    • soccermomof4
      January 3, 2011

      ugh! hockey! yuk! Actually I would probably like it if I could see the stupid puck on the TV. It flies too fast, and then poof, a team is celebrating and I say to hubby, “did it go in?”

      • blitzen
        January 3, 2011

        Did I say 2-0? I meant 4-0!

        I guess you weren’t watching hockey a few years ago when the broadcasters tried to “visually enhance” the puck on TV. Boy, was that bizarre!

        Anyway, if I have to tolerate the occasional BouncieBall and HandEgg post, you can manage the odd hockey post. πŸ˜€

  37. KevinO
    January 3, 2011

    Yay!! Easy as pie (the kind you buy in a store..)

    I missed EE today, thankfully, but i saw atletico play racing… Some pretty dismal stuff there :-(, Kun tries, but no forlan looks like no chance..

  38. BarcaOwl
    January 3, 2011

    I’ve just registered. Easiest registration I’ve ever done. Best of all, no more comments going ‘poof’. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  39. Cesc Pistol
    January 3, 2011

    Registration was ridiculously easy. Don’t see any loss of outside commentators unless they’re really lazy (and if they are, they surely wont write long informative posts)

    BTW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDHtT3Mncu8 It bothers me that alot of the conceding we do is because our defense remains narrow and shifts heavily towards the ball holder. Another thing to notice is how the preference is on maintaining shape rather than marking a player in a dangerous position while running back while we commit early quite a few times, specially Puyol and to some extent Abidal.

  40. gowtham
    January 3, 2011

    hey guys πŸ˜€ I registered:D
    but how do i put in my gravatar:S

    • January 3, 2011

      Head over to gravatar.com, and get yourself set up with the same e-mail address that you registered with, and off ya go.

  41. Pyro
    January 3, 2011

    Yay for registration! Yeah Masch was sick during the Levante game. He was sent home today with antibiotics by the team doctors. I was thoroughly amazed by Thiago’s performance against Levante. The kid is really something, his first touch is pure class. He is going to be our new Iniesta while Iniesta takes up the Xavi role.

  42. January 3, 2011

    In B Team news, Romeu is out 3-5 MONTHS with a knee injury. Ouch.

    • beeeef
      January 3, 2011

      just saw this on barcastuff. kid is my favorite of the current B team crop, and i think a definite one for the future along with Thiago. he’s had some injury issues lately, hope he gets better. Luis Enrique and his teammates will miss his presence in the middle of the park ):

  43. lovelymofo
    January 3, 2011

    I was half afraid someone would register using my nifty little username. But all is well!

    Hopefully I’ll be posting more, since I’ll need respite from my awful awful work environment!

    • January 3, 2011

      Who, oh who, would think of grabbing the handle lovelymofo. Well I would, because I AM, but I already have one. πŸ˜€ (Bwahahahaha! I crack myself up!)

      • lovelymofo
        January 4, 2011

        Heh. But you never know, there might have been a more dastardly mofo out there wanting to use my interwebz handle. Not acceptable!

        Hope this whole registration thing works out for the site! πŸ˜€

  44. barca96
    January 3, 2011

    Pheeuw.
    I thought someone already took my username of years.

    Clivee, please make a compilation of Alves blunders this year, I’m sure there are at least 3.
    Just last weekend there were 2, the open goal miss(which is funny actually cause that wasn’t easy at all, his legs were stretched) & the over-hit pass(that could’ve costed us the match).
    Im not sure which game but it was recently too when he missed an open goal.

    But please Rosell, offer the dude some money!! And how on earth did Sid Lowe not put him as our best RB of the decade? Alves was more terrorizing and helpful in attack than Belleti ever was.

  45. barca96
    January 3, 2011

    Is this a joke or what?
    Blackburn trying to sign ROnnie?
    It’s not even funny.
    Those new owners really some character, first firing Sam Allardyce and now
    trying to sign Ronnie.

  46. yelèna
    January 3, 2011

    Hi everyone! Glad to be officially on BFB… now that i’ve registered, i guess i should start posting somethin as well.. i mean, reading this blog everyday for like a year or more, i realized it gets lonely when ur just lurking… so,yelΓ¨na here, from the frozen far east!

    I’ll make this my official bfb debut. Juz wanna say that you guys are doin a really swell job w/ this site and the almost everyone have at least somethin sensible to say.
    its also cool to see that almost everyone knows everyone already, but hope there’s still a space for a newbie like me..
    anyway, if any cule plans on vacationin on +8GMT (from north to south) holler if ya need anythin.

    • complotGP
      January 3, 2011

      Oh wow, I live in GMT+8 πŸ™‚ Where are you from?

      • yelΓ¨na
        January 4, 2011

        well i hop around a lot.. from siberia, china, singapore, philippines, hongkong.. so there’z really no permanent place.. right now, im buried under 60cm of snow..

  47. complotGP
    January 3, 2011

    My first comment as a non-lurker πŸ˜€ Hello everyone!

  48. BarcaGirl_Indo
    January 3, 2011

    phew…my first post after registered… πŸ˜€

    that was easy… πŸ˜€

  49. ElJefe
    January 3, 2011

    Puyol for president (of Catalunya)

    • Ezequiel
      January 4, 2011

      If Puyol became the president of Catalunya, Oleguer Guevara would attempt a coup d’etat just the next day

  50. Megster
    January 3, 2011

    Finally! I’ve been able to register in this site. I enjoy reading every comment made here. Though some are unacceptable to me, at least it opened me to the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    Oh well, I’m looking forward to post something constructive here. I also hope to donate soon…. πŸ˜‰

  51. Ryan
    January 4, 2011

    I think that was the most painless registration process I’ve ever done; very nice!

  52. pr17
    January 4, 2011

    got an avatar as PR17 – pedrito’s ridiculuous name as suggested in sport yesterday (Sid lowe mentioned abt this in his twitter feed).

    Look forward to posting constructive comments from this new avatar.
    regards

  53. mega_tajh
    January 4, 2011

    so hey guys I’m not a fan of the Brazilian League so I was wondering if anyone here ever watched our loaned out Keirrison play for Santos??? I would really love to see him come back and show his worth for once and actually start a few pre-season matches.

    He’s the only loaned out player we have that I want return and given a chance to….the rest can be sold or stay where they are.

    • mega_tajh
      January 4, 2011

      p.s-Glad to see this new registration system bringing in new commenters/people to the space here!!!

  54. Fares
    January 4, 2011

    Well I signed up even though I am not a regular poster, but I do read the blog all the time, so I guess it’s ok

  55. ani
    January 4, 2011

    Love this blog. Been a reader until now. After registering hope to be one of this wonderful community. Anyone else here from +530GMT?

    • Vj
      January 4, 2011

      Are you someone I know? Do you recognize my avatar from one of your friends in Facebook?

      Sorry if I’m impolite and I apologize if I’m wrong.. But I recognize your handle from somewhere..

      BTW, I’m from Mumbai(IITB)..

  56. arth
    January 4, 2011

    Been a lurker from a long long time …(since offside days…)
    Registered now…hope to be more active in commenting..
    You guys are doing a great job… Thanks for the blog..

  57. Ezequiel
    January 4, 2011

    This place definitely needs some rating system… seeing everyone giving my comments positive rating would satisfy my battered ego and provide the numerical backing for how wonderful I am.

    Oh yeah, Pep needs to protect his neck, I am Zlatan

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